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The three biggest fights looming for the National Health Insurance

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Who will control the country's healthcare purse and who will be left out? Find out and read why some are likely to be sceptical...

Could a National Health Insurance Fund be just months away?

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The time for talk is over, said Zweli Mkhize in his first budget speech as health minister. But if you thought that Cabinet's approval...
Condoms are common contraceptives used to prevent pregnancies.

The five best contraceptives backed by science

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The right choice of contraceptive is crucial. Science can help you to choose one that's right for you.
Sold on the idea: Asiphe Ntshongontshi used the family calendar to keep track of when she took the HIV prevention pill. She lives in Masiphumelele outside Cape Town close to a youth centre and clinic that dish out the tablet.

One she called the ‘minister of love’. The other? He was the ‘minister of...

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Since the country’s rollout, less than a quarter of people who’ve started taking the HIV prevention pill are young women — despite high HIV rates.
Man walking on a dirt road in Togo.

Doing the ‘tramadol dance’: What this latest music craze says about Africa’s pill addiction

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The illicit trade in this prescription pain killer has become the stuff of ballads and dance halls but its abuse is threatening to condemn...

Getting ready for baby: Why some couples should consider genetic counselling

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For some parents, genetic counselling could help catch birth defects early enough to treat them affordably. For others, it can be the first step...
Man scans his fingerprint to receive medication.

mhealth’s power & pitfalls: An SMS a day keeps teens alive

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By making a devastating mistake, this clinic proved it was on the right track. It was July 2018, Amsterdam. Brooke Wurst felt her cellphone buzz...

Five things you need to know about the new National Health Insurance Bill

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Parliament released the NHI Bill this morning. Here is how healthcare in South Africa is likely to change. 1. Will you be able to...
South Africa is the first country in the world to use ATM-like machines to dispense chronic medication.

These ATMs have swopped bills for pills. Here’s why.

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Meet a South African getting her HIV medication at the press of a button.
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The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir

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Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.
Blood cancer patients such as Retha Wessels are forced to get a life-saving drug illegally to avoid paying thousands for it each month.

He would ransom the pills for something more precious than profit: His wife’s life

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When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.

Dancing with the devil: UCT stubs out tobacco-funded unit

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Can Tobacco money can ever be washed clean? Most researchers at the University of Cape Town say no.
Vicious cycle: At some point

Painkillers can be a big headache

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Migraine sufferers may not realise that drug overuse can be a large part of the problem.

South Africa delays rollout of new blockbuster HIV drug

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Stocks of the new treatment are already on the shelves of some clinics — but lingering concerns over a possible low risk of birth...

What’s in a pill? Promise, uncertainty, rands, lives & loves … but rights? What...

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In September, the country will switch to a new way of treating HIV that is expected to save the country billions and possibly result...

Expired materials and fly away tents: What researchers found when they looked at HIV...

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South Africa loves to boast that we run the world’s largest HIV treatment programme. But when treatment starts with a test, is the country...